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Use of 3D printed components at BMW jumps 42% annually

The use of 3D printed components at BMW Group is on the rise. Over the last decade alone, the company produced a million parts by this innovative method, and in 2018 output from the company’s Additive Manufacturing Center is expected to reach over 200,000 components — a 42% increase on last year’s total. Dr. Jens Ertel, director of the BMW Group Additive Manufacturing Center, said: “The use of components made by additive manufacturing in series production of vehicles is increasing particularly strongly at the moment. We are following the development and application of advanced these manufacturing methods very closely indeed, partly through longstanding cooperations with leading manufacturers in the field. At the same time, we are engaging in targeted technology scouting and evaluating innovative production systems.” Recently the BMW Group fitted its one-millionth 3D printed component in series production: a window guide rail for the BMW i8 Roadster. Thanks […]


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